Today is the day. I'll be on the debate stage in Miami tonight to continue our fight to create a nation that works for all of us. Watch live at 9 pm ET at https://t.co/4qQZuRS3oD. pic.twitter.com/CSSfqbJQwA
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 27, 2019
Or will Bernie be the only one with a substantial offering?
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has started highlighting his policy differences with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. He’ll get a big chance in the second night of the Democratic primary debates on Thursday. To the extent that the two end up hogging the spotlight, it could draw airtime from Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Senator Kamala Harris of California, the other two candidates receiving strong support in polls. Here are the political dynamics to watch.
The Main Event
Well, duh. The two heavyweights. The only two who have previously run for president. Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders represent the ideological poles of the primary field. This is the marquee matchup of the two-night debates. And both have plenty of tape to review. Mr. Sanders can watch how Mr. Biden navigated the multi-candidate 2008 debates. And Mr. Biden can study how Mr. Sanders attacked an establishment front-runner in his primary debates with Hillary Clinton.
The Next Generation
Flanking Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders will be two fresh faces of the Democratic Party’s future, each making the case that the future is now. Mr. Buttigieg has displayed an uncanny calm in national television appearances, and it can be easy to forget that the debate will be his introduction to millions of viewers. Ms. Harris’s best national moments have been at Senate committee hearings, where the former prosecutor interrogated hostile Trump administration witnesses. But she was in control of those settings. Debates are far less predictable.
Bernie will go on stage for the first #DemDebate in just a few moments. Now from Bernie HQ, @RoKhanna, @briebriejoy, @jmillerlewis and @BNeidhardt take your questions and share their predictions for debate night. Join the conversation at https://live.bern https://t.co/F661fW3IQs
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 28, 2019
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